Vice President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr Ahmed Afif, is to launch a stakeholder’s workshop on HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis, on Tuesday 1st December 2020. The workshop is to re-group key individuals working closely with HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis service delivery in the country from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, at the STC Conference room.
“We are hosting this training, since Seychelles cannot host the annual HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis regional colloquium, which groups island states of the Indian Ocean, discussing issues on HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis patients”, says Dr Anne Gabriel, Chief Executive Officer of the National AIDS Council. “We want to ensure that there is effective dialogue and discussions on how to best address the issues of HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis during the COVID-19 era and get all stakeholders to understand how HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis are being dealt with under the new normal, for the way forward”, she adds.
In 2020, the world’s attention focusses on the COVID-19 pandemic and how it can affect lives and livelihoods. This shows that COVID-19 and health in general interlink with other critical issues, such as social protection and economic growth. With this in mind, the theme chosen for the workshop is HIV, Hepatitis and COVID-19: let us talk!
Despite the challenges, Seychelles will not skip the opportunity to show support to its HIV/ AIDS patients and the services offered. For 2020 alone from January to September, statistics show 64 new HIV cases and 15 of the people tested are above 50 years of age. Among the 64 new cases of HIV, 10 of the infected people are of HIV and hepatitis alike. There are 10 new AIDS cases and 6 AIDS-related deaths.
Every year, on December 1st, the world commemorates World AIDS Day. People around the world unite to show support for people living with and affected by HIV and to remember those who lost their lives to AIDS. This year the UNAIDS theme for the day is Global solidarity- shared responsibility.
Under new guidelines issued by the Public Health Authority, no COVID-19 screening tests is needed for persons placed under home quarantine during or upon completion of the quarantine period. Testing may be recommended for persons who develop symptoms of the infection. All persons placed under home quarantine who develop symptoms are advised to visit the special stations at Glacis Health Centre, Baie Lazare Health Centre and Mont Fleuri Health Centre. The home quarantine period should be completed for 14 days, from arrival in Seychelles or last contact with a positive case of COVID-19. A certificate of quarantine will be presented at the end of the quarantine period.
Anyone with symptoms related to Covid-19 are asked to report to special stations at Glacis Health Centre, Baie Lazare Health Centre and Mont Fleuri Health Centre between 8am-12pm and 1pm-2pm. People who use these health centres for regular consultations, should go to their regional centres.